Decode the News
By M. E. Zurn, PhD
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Breaking down this week's major news stories on a critical level, and giving you cutting edge sociological tools to better help you critically consume the media.
||CleanWhat is Going On With That Memo?||Seriously… why are we even talking about a damn memo? I feel like I’m taking crazy pills. Read more →||2/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding Fake News||Dr. Zee is back on mic to discuss fake news. And that’s not fake news. Read more →||1/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSeriously, What Is Going On?||Lets talk Russia, Wikileaks and Trump. July 2015 – Russian hackers breach the DNC. The US intelligence committee agrees this was orchestrated by the Kremlin. March 6, 2016 – George Papadopoulos becomes a Trump Campaign advisor.||11/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Going On With Devin Nunes – Part 4||Will our collective nightmare never end? Read more →||10/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding Charlottesville||Fascism has come to America. Read more →||8/13/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Going On With Devin Nunes – Part 3||Apparently we needed a part three. Will there be a Part four? Ask Agent Nunes. Read more →||8/9/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is going on with Donald Jr?||It feels like I’m taking crazy pills. Read more →||7/12/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is going on with HanAssholeSolo?||Yep. That’s a title I never thought I’d write. Read more →||7/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Going on with Talk Radio? A Convert’s Perspective.||I wasn’t always liberal. There was a time when I was a “ditto-head.” Being fully absorbed by Talk Radio culture during my childhood has given me a unique perspective on something that is often treated as a side-show,||6/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat Was With Those Special Elections?||Is this the end times for Democrats? Read more →||6/21/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDTN Scheduling||The news has been crazy, and you might be wondering where we’ve been. Read more →||5/23/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWho is Evelyn Farkas?||Why was Sean Spicer suddenly talking about her? Why was discourse on the right discussing her like she was the lynch pin of a criminal enterprise? What is going on here? Read more →||4/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is going on with Mike Flynn?||Let’s talk about Flynn, Flynn Facts, firings, and pizza. Read more →||4/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding CNN||It’s the first episode in our new format, and we’re tackling the big question that everyone should be asking… what is going on with CNN’s coverage lately? And what caused this change? Read more →||4/7/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAnnouncement||And yes, we know the timing of this is odd because it’s April 1st, but this is real. Read more →||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Going On With Devin Nunes? – Part 2||Will there be a Part 3? Only time will tell. Read more →||4/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat is Going On With Devin Nunes?||To help you keep up with this week’s news, here’s a brief recap of just one week in the life of Devin Nunes. Read more →||3/28/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding Frame Sponsors||Frame sponsors, public relation events, and sassy representatives. Also: Terry Gilliam. Read more →||3/25/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding Scoop Culture||Examining scoops, scoop culture, and how that lead to Tuesday’s Twitter Madness. And we’re not talking about ice cream. Also: Did you know that ABC sent a field reporter out to do a 12 minute segment on the Floridian sasquatch whose distinguishing f||3/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDecoding False Equivalence||Examining whether there’s evidence of a liberal media and how strategy game frame leads to false equivalencies, through the lens of Trump/Russia and this whole President Obama wiretap stuff. Also: did you know ABC spent 9 minutes on Mermaids?||3/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode One – Information Environments||It is nearly impossible to avoid the news in modern life. It’s there on your commute, it’s there when you get home, it’s on your facebook feed, on your twitter feed… for many of us, it’s there before we even get out of bed.||3/5/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Wish it was more often
I appreciate the change up between Jamie's updates and Zee's scholarly deep dives. Both hosts are well-educated and well-spoken. My only critique is that this will likely not be heard (literally and/or figuratively) by people of less-liberal dispositions. I would guess the primary audience is people who already agree with the hosts' views and simply want to be more informed . . . which is not a wholly bad thing, just unfortunate that this show exists at a time of such deep division and therefore contributes to it unintentionally.
What’s left to say about Fake News?
It’s amazing that in 2018 there is anything left to say about it- but Fake news is still with us and, if it’s even possible, less understood than ever. This Jan. Episode is one of the best discussions I’ve encountered to date- a must listen!
Really like this
I think its a great show. It looks like NPR's new podcast, Embedded is following Decode the News' example. I think that's great. I do wish this podcast put out more stuff but I know it does take time and time's not free, especially with the work on another great podcast, the British History Podcast.